The Sunflower Nursery is very active locally raising funds for a range of selected charities. Recently the nursery held a Macmillan Coffee Morning which raised a total of £295 for the charity. The nursery would like to thank everyone who helped, baked and came along to the event. You can learn more about the Macmillan Charity at:

The nursery is also preparing for a ‘Rag Bag’ collection in November, we will publish more details about this nearer the time.

Sunflower Charity of the Year

The nursery has selected the charity they will be supporting for the year after parents put forward their suggestions. The charity to be supported is ‘Help Haiti Now’ which was established in 2005 to provide basic needs of healthcare and medicine, educational support, food, clothing, and shelter to Haitian people in abject poverty; to foster self-help in health, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, and respect for the environment.

Help Haiti Now also works to highlight the plight of the Haitian people particularly focusing their time on high;lighting the Haitian concerns to a US audience.

Recently Haiti suffered from devastating earthquakes in 2010 which has left the country devastated and in dire need of support.

Haiti has a long history of abuse within the country and the CIA World Fact-book provides us with the following historic and current details about the country;

The native Taino Amerindians – who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by COLUMBUS in 1492 – were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti’s nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L’OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first black republic to declare independence in 1804. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Continued violence and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti finally did inaugurate a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 15 km southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince. An estimated 2 million people lived within the zone of heavy to moderate structural damage. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years and massive international assistance will be required to help the country recover.

  • Physicians Density: 0.25 physicians/1,000 population (1998)
  • Hospital Bed Density: 1.3 beds/1,000 population (2007)
  • Major Infectious Diseases: High degree of risk from bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever, dengue fever and malaria, leptospirosis

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemispher with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. Poverty, corruption, and poor access to education for much of the population are among Haiti’s most serious disadvantages.

If you would like to support the the Help Haiti Now charity through the Sunflower Nursery please contact the nursery on 01592 781 585 or email:

You can learn more about the Help Haiti Now charity at:

To learn more facts about the Haiti country you can visit the CIA World Fact Book site at:

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